Last Thursday, New York Fashion Week kicked off with stunning styles and plenty of texture...and we aren't just talking about the clothes. We went behind the scenes at two shows to see the latest runway hairstyles created by L'Oreal Professionnel lead stylist, Joseph DiMaggio.
At Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Joseph styled the hair for Timo Weiland's Women's Fall 2013 collection. The collection played on Baroque texture and military inspired cuts and to emphasive the regality of the collection, the models' hair was styled with center parts that flowed into 's' shaped waves. Joseph describes the look as "feminine tomboy, so it's a little done but it's kind of natural. She's ready for a fun weekend on the British countryside." To create the look, Joseph combined L'Oreal Professionnel Volume Expand Leave-In Spray and True Grip Texturizing Powder and sprayed all over the hair. He then braided the hair and set it into a bun. After a while, DiMaggio took out the bun and created voluminous waves using a flat iron to create 's' shaped waves.
The wounds are still fresh from these recent celeb wardrobe disasters. So far 2012, sadly, has not disappointed in the "fashion faux-pas" department. From over-the-top costumes, to dress malfunctions and hideous accessories, brace yourselves for fashion fails we'd all like to forget about.
With this look, it's no wonder Sasha Gradiva came armed for the 2012 Grammy Awards! The dress was beautiful and elegant on this singer/song-writer/actress, however, it was the terminator arm that got in the way of what could have been a Marilyn Monroe moment. Maybe next time accessorize with something a little less bulky?
Michael Kors has created another successful collection for fall 2012. The red and black themed line is similar to a person with multiple personalities. One day, you like the laidback look of buffalo check ponchos and wool skirts. The next, you're a downtown girl with dark shades, wearing black and grey from head-to-toe; and the next, you’re an aspen ski bunny in need of another fur hat, coat or boots! In other words, there’s a look that anyone can enjoy in his ’12 collection.
The contemporary adds of black leather, raccoon tail bag accessories, and asymmetric fox fur collars kept the town & country themes connected to their luxurious roots. If this collection had a slogan attached to it, it would have been ‘The Bigger the Better’ or ‘The More the Merrier."
In our book, Jason Wu is incapable of failing or having a bad collection. It's really just impossible. So our praise for his F/W '12 collection is no surprise to anyone, really. If his Target collaboration collection selling out instantly (to our dismay) is any indication, we're certain we're not alone in this sentiment. Jason Wu's designs are continuously what fashion dreams are made of. A combination of the perfect use of detailing, tailoring, color and fabrics, Wu is a fashion design prodigy. Pure perfection.
So, let us wipe a tear or two for the beauty of his latest collection. We really don't need to say much more. All hail, Jason Wu!
Carolina Herrera has always been extremely consistent in her classic designs. However, similar to her range of followers (Catherine Zeta-Jones & Lady Gaga being the two on either side of the spectrum) her collection for Fall 2012 held quite the array of style, cut, and color. The progression of the clothing in the show was perfect; starting out with navy and black separates, and slowly moving towards the beautiful style-studded, ballroom gowns. Necklines ranged everywhere from modest boat-necks to plunging. Whether the colors were neutrals or not, she did a fantastic job of making them pop against other colors and patterns.
Alexander Wang has always been consistent in the haute couture that he creates. His fall ’12 collection preserved the classy minimalist look he is famous for, with a little added edge and modern twist.
The collection, as explained by Wang, was a continuation of his pre-fall “trompe l’oeil” line. (A French translation for “to deceive the eye.") A shrink-wrap affect was displayed with his fabric manipulation and glossy garments. Wang has said that the idea behind his line is to make it look “laminated, covering up, lacquering," and it literally did. These models were covered up to their eyes with fishnet turtlenecks pulled over their mouths and coats buttoned up to their chins creating a high-fashion version of the mouth covering worn by notorious cannibal, Hannibal Lecter. (Though the real inspiration behind it was the look of metal crates.)
Tuesday morning at Alice Tully Hall, Tory Burch unveiled her fall '12 collection of beautifully put together feminine dresses and separates. With it being Valentine's Day, it was a curious coincidence (or perhaps not?) the theme of her line was "a story of the right girl falling for the wrong man and the affect he has on her wardrobe after being together, and then breaking up." She stated in an interview that this is a common trend amongst women and when heartbreak happens, they sometimes need to recreate themselves and with that, comes a sexier look- even those who started out so prim and proper to begin with.
The audience was just as much apart of the show as the collection. We saw people dressed in drag, a woman in pasties, a man with his hair styled in sky-high spikes, and many dominatrix styles. Think, Lady GaGa’s stylist on steroids and you could begin to envision the eccentrics of it all. Celebrities ranged from the notorious Lil’ Kim, to the America’s Next Top Model trio, J. Alexander, Nigel Barker, and Jay Manuel, to Adam Lambert and his beau, Sauli Koskinen. Infamous reporter Michael Musto was even there to report live on the show.
Marc Jacobs always creates an amazing translation between street style and chic style and his fall ’12 collection appeared to be no different. The only change from this season to last, is the amount of detail put into the entire show, with his good friend and well-known artist Rachel Feinstein their to construct the scene he envisioned his pieces walking through or as Feinstein explains, “Marie Antoinette’s version of ruins."
He over-emphasized everything from the vibrant color mixtures in the clothing to the paisley and floral prints to the mad hatter headwear collection constructed of fur and velvet. Layers upon layers were shown with wool stoles over wool capes over wool coats and dresses over pants.